TNO Watch: Logos

Today we will be having a light discourse- The subject? Life, the Universe, and Everything. No, not the book by Douglas Adams, the real thing. The big questions- What is life? What is real? Why are we here and what is actually going on behind the scenes? These are distinctly Virgoan questions, and to answer them we turn to the most Virgoan body that I know- 58534 Logos

The Astronomy– 58534 Logos is a small cubewano, notable for having a comparatively large satellite named Zoe. For a small KBO, about 80 km in diameter, it has a very high albedo. The system mass is 4.58 ± 0.07×1017 kg. In the Gnostic tradition, Logos and Zoe are a paired emanation of the deity, and part of its creation myth. Logos is a binary with the components of comparable size orbiting the barycentre on a moderately elliptical orbit. Logos’ companion was discovered on 17 November 2001 from Hubble Space Telescope observations and announced on 11 February 2002. After the discovery, it received the provisional designation S/2001 (58534) 1. Once confirmed it was officially named (58534) Logos I Zoe. It orbits Logos with a semi-major axis of 8217 ± 42 km in 309.9 ± 0.2 d with an eccentricity of 0.546 ± 0.008. Its estimated diameter is 66 km, and mass (0.15 ± 0.02)×1018 kg.

The Story Behind the NameLogos  is an important term in western philosophy, psychology, rhetoric, and religion. It is a Greek word meaning “ground”, “plea”, “opinion”, “expectation”, “word”, “speech”, “account”, “reason”, “discourse”, but it became a technical term in philosophy beginning with Heraclitus, who used the term for a principle of order and knowledge. Ancient Greek philosophers used the term in different ways. The sophists used the term to mean discourse, and Aristotle applied the term to refer to “reasoned discourse” or “the argument” in the field of rhetoric. The Stoic philosophers identified the term with the divine animating principle pervading the Universe. The Gospel of John identifies the Logos, through which all things are made, as divine theos, and further identifies Jesus Christ as the incarnate Logos. Although the term “Logos” is widely used in this Christian sense, in academic circles it often refers to the various ancient Greek uses, or to post-Christian uses within contemporary philosophy, Sufism, and the analytical psychology of Carl Jung. In Gnosticism, the Logos is often associated or paired with Sophia or wisdom. In Valentinianism, Logos and Sophia are a syzygy, or pair of aeons. The ‘Fall of Sophia’ and subsequent rescue by the Logos is a major theme in Gnosticism and appears in the Pistis Sophia. Valentinius was said to be the first to introduce the ‘Three Hypostases’ of Platonism into Christianity, identifying them with the Father, Son, and Spirit. The Logos was fully identified with the Son and Christ. “Logos” in Gnostic culture is usually associated with “Sophia”. Eventually Sophia was completely fused with Christ. Wisdom became Logos, and explicit associations between Sophia and Jesus disappeared from Christianity. Elizabeth Johnson states in “Wisdom Was Made Flesh” that masculine logos took over womanly wisdom “as it became unseemly, given the developing patriarchal tendencies in the church, to interpret the male Jesus with a female symbol of God”.

Why It Matters– Logos is a guide to these times par excellence. Some astrologers will take him as a base understanding, and say that he is just about the rational discourse, objectivity and cold hard facts. The problem is that just isn’t true. While Logos does deal with these things in theory, in practice xe is concerned with a true understanding of the universe, and our place in it. Logos is also concerned with what is real and what is not, and in a world where there is increasing evidence that what we perceive to be real is nothing more than a simulation, this brings Logos into increased prominence. As we explore the knowledge that we may be living in a simulation, we get closer and closer to creating new, simulated sub-realities in our own simulated reality. What does this mean for our lives? If nothing we have ever experienced is truly real, does that make the impact of the experience on us any less real? Does anything have meaning in this simulation? Will we all choose to escape this shitty reality and run away into our own worlds in the end? These are questions Logos ponders, but xe also rules the answers to those questions. Logos plays out in the chart in a way similar to that of Dharma. Logos is an incredibly personal point that deals with your path and the way you walk it. It rules your rules for how you live your life, your code. Logos is the spark within you that is truly divine, the pure consciousness of creation expressing and questioning itself. It is your conscience and the one in need of counseling, making the mistakes as it stumbles along its path. Every layer of consciousness is Logos, and it’s turtles all the way down.

To find out where xe shows up in your chart, go to astro.com, put in your birth details and in the extended options, all the way at the bottom of the next page, there will be a menu of additional objects. Under that is a blank space where you can enter the number 58534, for Logos. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Logos affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!